Arsenal's game against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli was the Club's biggest match since the 2006 Champions League final. Fact. Victory granted access to yet another crack at Europe's top trophy, no more nor less a status than we have achieved in the past 14 seasons. Defeat, however, would have been disastrous for Arsenal on many fronts: financially, the ability to sign new players, the ability to retain the existing squad, the mental scars of defeat...the list goes on.
It's back to domestic commitments, though, and it doesn't get any bigger than this. An away game against the champions, Manchester United, at Old Trafford.
The champagne, if any, after last night's victory, will need to remain on ice for the next few days, as Arsenal head to the northwest on Sunday for what promises to be an absolute cracker of a game.
The rivalry is fabled and long-standing. United have enjoyed the upper hand, especially in recent times, and Arsene Wenger will be dying to bring some parity to the proceedings.
There will be some fierce battles fought all over the pitch and beyond, none more so than the following five...